Wee Krankie, as Nicola Queen of Scots’ more sceptical subjects (a growing constituency) colloquially refer to her, is not having a good year –  and it’s only February. Last year was not great for her either, with nit-picking critics claiming to detect terminological inexactitudes in her evidence to the Salmond inquiry (if only they had voiced their criticisms in the privacy of their own homes, she could have banged them up under the hate laws, but claims advanced in parliament are trickier), followed by her failure once again to secure a majority in the Scottish elections.